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Since its inception in July 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a dominant organization in international relations and the premiere tribunal for the prosecution of war crimes. Despite being founded only a decade ago, the ICC has already investigated and prosecuted atrocities in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Libya, Sudan and Uganda. As the court's ongoing investigations progress, the resulting verdicts and effects on international relations will define the legitimacy and efficacy of the ICC. The establishment of the ICC by the UN is the final product of fifty years of work aimed at developing an international judicial body with the capability of adjudicating cases of genocide and crimes against humanity. The efforts to create such a body began in 1872 with Hustav Moynier, one of the founders of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who proposed a permanent court to respond to

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6/20/2013: Kenya president's war crimes trial was postponed

6/18/2013: Lawyer for Gaddafi son accused Libya of defying ICC

6/18/2013: ICC granted Kenya VP's request to skip parts of upcoming trial

6/17/2013: ICC delayed preliminary hearing for Congo war crimes suspect

6/5/2013: ICC chief prosecutor expressed disappointment in lack of UN action on Darfur

6/3/2013: ICC postponed proceedings against former Ivory Coast president

6/3/2013: HRW claimed that ICC suspect was seen at more recent Sudan crime scenes

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